Carl Winter

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Carl Winter (1906–1966) was a British art historian and museum curator. He worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum's collection of English watercolours and miniature portraits before moving to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in 1946 following the end of World War II.[1][2]

Along with Patrick Trevor-Roper and Peter Wildeblood, Winter gave evidence to the Wolfenden Committee, whose report led in 1967 to the decriminalization of sex between adult male homosexuals.[3][4] He gave evidence anonymously as "Mr White".[5] His testimony to the Committee has been portrayed on-screen in the BBC dramatisation, Consenting Adults.


  1. ^ Obituary of Carl Winter, Victoria and Albert Museum, citing an obituary in The Times newspaper.
  2. ^ Mid-20th century consolidation: Louis Clarke & Carl Winter, The Fitzwilliam Museum
  3. ^ Matt Houlbrook (15 October 2006). Queer London: Perils And Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957. University of Chicago Press. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-226-35462-0. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeffrey Weeks (10 September 2007). The World We Have Won: The Remaking of Erotic and Intimate Life. Taylor & Francis. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-415-42200-0. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Patrick Higgins (1996), Heterosexual dictatorship, London: Fourth Estate, pp. 41–44, ISBN 1857023552, 1857023552